Lawmakers aim to reassert claims to Dongsha Islands


TAIPEI–A number of Taiwanese lawmakers are scheduled to make another trip to the South China Sea next week, aiming to reaffirm Taiwan’s sovereignty over the Dongsha Islands as tensions mount among several claimants of islands in the disputed waters.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Mark Chen, who is a member of the Legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, will lead the May 10 trip to the Taiwan-controlled islands, located 450 kilometers off Taiwan’s southwestern coastline.

Fellow party member Tsai Huang-liang said he would join the trip to help boost morale of the military personnel stationed on the islands and reassert Taiwan’s claim over the island group as it is an inherent part of the country’s territory.